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Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Sudhir K Gupta (Author) P V Guharaj (Author)

First published in 1982, Forensic Medicine has been a trusted book of reference, not only for students of medicine, but also for law enforcement agencies in India. Since the last edition of this book, the field of medicine, as with any science, has evolved significantly with the advent of technology; the legislation in India too has undergone a great deal of change with several new laws being passed and numerous amendments being made to the existing ones. The third edition of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology has been fortified to make it an up-to-date source of reference for students of medicine. It contains several clinical case studies that have been provided by the author, drawn from his own experiences at AIIMS, New Delhi. Numerous photographs and illustrations have also been included in this edition to help the reader visualise concepts better. The book is intended for undergraduate students of medicine but should also be a useful guide to forensic medicine for postgraduate students, medical practitioners, lawyers, police officers and members of the judiciary. 

Contents: Preface to the Third Edition. Preface to the First Edition. Section I. Forensic Medicine: 1. Introduction and history. 2. Legal procedures in India and abroad. 3. The medical council of India, medical ethics and negligence. 4. Personal identity. 5. Death: diagnosis and postmortem changes. 6. The medico-legal autopsy and related procedures. 7. Examination of mutilated bodies, skeletal human remains and exhumation. 8. Mass disasters. 9. Sudden and unexpected death. 10. Mechanical and firearm injuries. 11. Regional injuries. 12. Road traffic, railway and aircraft accidents. 13. Medico-legal aspects of wounds. 14. Thermal, electrical and radiation injuries. 15. Asphyxial deaths. 16. Decompression and altitude sickness. 17. Sexual offences and paraphilias. 18. Virginity, pregnancy, delivery and abortion. 19. Impotence, sterility and artificial insemination. 20. Infanticide, battered baby and sudden infant death syndrome. 21. Forensic psychiatry. 22. Blood, semen and other biological materials. 23. Death from starvation. 24 death and complications in the operation theatre. 25. Medicolegal aspects of AIDS. Section II. Toxicology: 26. General toxicology. 27. Corrosive poisons. 28. Heavy metal poisoning. 29. Agricultural poisons. 30. Poisonous plants. 31. Poisonous snakes and arthropods. 32. Drugs of intoxication and dependence. 33. Irrespirable gases. 34. Food poisoning. Appendices. Index.

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About the author

P V Guharaj

P V Guharaj, MRCP (Edin), MRCP (Glasg), FRCP (Glasg), Formerly, Director of Kozhikode Medical College, Kerala Sudhir K Gupta, MBBS (Gold Medal), MD (BHU), DNB, MNAMS, FICS (Chicago) Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

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Bibliographic information

Title Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Format Softcover
Date published: 13.08.2019
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386235787
length 736p.